Tom Wilhelmsen
Mariners' Tom Wilhelmsen: Optioned to Triple-A
Tom Wilhelmsen, RP, SEA
5:58 PM
News: Wilhelmsen was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.

Following an unceremonious departure from Texas, Wilhelmsen agreed to return to Seattle on a one-year deal, although he ended up spending mere days with the big league club. Wilhelmsen tossed a scoreless inning with one hit allowed in his lone appearance with Seattle. He could return the next time the Mariners need a fresh arm.

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Trevor May
Twins' Trevor May: Slated for rehab appearance
Trevor May, RP, MIN
5:52 PM
News: May (back) will make a rehab appearance with Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Upon completion of another successful bullpen session Friday, May received the green light to join a minor league affiliate. It's not entirely clear how long he will remain with Rochester, but May pitched his way out of the setup job before hitting the DL and manager Paul Molitor may need some convincing to return May to a high-leverage role.

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Andrew Bellatti
Rays' Andrew Bellatti: Designated for assignment
Andrew Bellatti, RP, TB
1:20 PM
News: Bellatti was designated for assignment by the Rays Friday to make room for recently acquired Oswaldo Arcia, Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 24-year-old righty pitched fairly well for the Rays big-league club last year, posting a 2.31 ERA in 23.1 innings. However, after failing to make the opening day roster in 2016, Bellatti has struggled to sustain that success in Triple-A, making him the odd man out with the Rays recent trade.

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Joaquin Benoit
Mariners' Joaquin Benoit: Strikes out side in perfect inning Thursday
Joaquin Benoit, RP, SEA
10:46 AM
News: Benoit struck out the side in a perfect eighth inning Thursday against the Tigers.

Benoit has been hit-and-miss since returning from the disabled list in mid-May. He's allowed five earned runs in 12.2 innings (3.55 ERA), but he''s struck out 15 and walked four (and two of the walks came in first post-DL outing). He's next in line to close behind Steve Cishek.

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Vidal Nuno
Mariners' Vidal Nuno: Pitches 3.1 innings in emergency start
Vidal Nuno, RP, SEA
10:42 AM
News: Nuno allowed four runs on four hits and three walks in 3.1 innings Thursday in an emergency start after scheduled starter Arian Sampson was injured in pregame warmups. He struck out two.

Sampson injured his elbow on his second warmup pitch. So, Nuno was tabbed to start in his place. Nuno had pitched more than two innings twice this season before taking one for the team Thursday. He threw 68 pitches in a decent outing, all things considered.

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Miguel Almonte
Royals' Miguel Almonte: Lasts only four innings Thursday
Miguel Almonte, RP, KC
9:32 AM
News: Almonte threw four innings of three run ball while surrendering four hits and four walks en route to a loss in his most recent start for Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.

Thursday marked Almonte's third consecutive start where he was removed before the fifth inning, raising his ERA to 5.04 on the season. He also has thrown fewer than 90 pitches in five consecutive starts. Given his current performance, it seems unlikely Almonte will get a crack at the major league level this season.

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Pat Light
Red Sox's Pat Light: Nine consecutive scoreless outings
Pat Light, RP, BOS
6:52 AM
News: Light tossed a shutout inning, striking out two for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.

That's nine consecutive scoreless appearances for Light, who has struck out 10 and walked three in 10 innings during the run. The more we see Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa struggle at Boston, the more we believe Light will be summoned to help shore up the bridge to closer Craig Kimbrel.

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Heath Hembree
Red Sox's Heath Hembree: Bigger role ahead?
Heath Hembree, RP, BOS
5:38 AM
News: Hembree pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in Thursday's win over the White Sox.

With Boston's setup men -- Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa -- showing cracks lately, manager John Farrell turned to Hembree in the eighth inning of a tie game. His work, largely in middle relief, has been good for Boston in 2016, but we'll need to see more than one high-leverage outing to anoint him as a setup savior. After all, he did pitch himself into the jam, and lefties are hitting .465/.511/.674 against him this season.

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Glen Perkins
Twins' Glen Perkins: More extensive labrum surgery than expected
Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
1:22 AM
News: The surgery on Perkins' injured labrum was more extensive than expected and he'll be out at least eight months, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Perkins' labrum had to be reattached to the bone during surgery.

It sounds like Perkins' career could be in doubt after the procedure. He could be ready to start throwing at the start of spring training with an eight month timetable, but any return date is uncertain at this point.

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Sean Doolittle
Athletics' Sean Doolittle: Notches save despite allowing two runs
Sean Doolittle, RP, OAK
1:06 AM
News: Doolittle gave up a two-run homer in the ninth inning Thursday against the Angels, but still recorded his fourth save.

Ryan Madson pitched the eighth inning in this one while Doolittle was tasked with the ninth, but predicting the way this role will break out has proven awfully difficult -- after all, Doolittle pitched the seventh in his last appearance. Although Madson's blown three saves, he still hasn't given the A's much to complain about on the whole, so it doesn't seem likely that Doolittle is actually making inroads on the ninth-inning role. Of course, there's quite a lot of uncertainty here.

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